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A March to-do list for southern Idaho gardeners

▪  If you haven’t already, begin seeding tender plants such as eggplants and sweet peppers indoors. Plant tomatoes indoors at the end of the month.

▪  Outdoors, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, lettuce, beets, onions and Asian greens.

▪  Transplant or direct-seed cole crops such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

▪  Start adding compost to your soil. Compost should be in place before planting anything outdoors.

▪  Remove remaining protective winter mulch from perennial beds, trim out old foliage and apply mulch for summer as soon as true leaves develop. Mulch will conserve moisture and help prevent weeds.

▪  Cover seedlings and transplants with agricultural fleece to protect from birds.

▪  Expect roller-coaster temperatures. Don’t get impatient and plant outside too early.

▪  Plant bare-root roses and trees.

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